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Jennifer Johnston shares her travel tales; life adventures; observations, photos and random thoughts

Kookaburra sits

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As I was taking this photo and watching this Aussie icon watching me – I regressed to my childhood and recalled this verse from the Australian song:  The Kookaburra Song by Marion Sinclair written in 1932.

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,

Merry, merry king of the bush is he.

Laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra,

Gay your life must be.

It doesn’t seem to matter how old you are, some childhood memories linger and come back to you in a flash.

Or they become slightly refined with the next generation.  The version my young sons take delight in saying:

Kookaburra sits on the electric wire,

Jumping up and down with his pants on fire,

Ouch Kookaburra, ouch Kookaburra

Hot your tail must be.

Kookaburra front

Kookaburra side

(ok so its not a gum tree, but it is a kookaburra!)


Author: Jenn Jay

JennJayTales was created as a place to share my writing. I share random blogs about activities of interest to me and maybe to you. Writing is a passion and there is nothing I enjoy more than meeting people and capturing their stories through my observations and words. As TRAVEL is a huge passion of mine, I've created a travel blog Please enjoy Jenn Jay Tales and if you consider my writing style as something your magazine, book, blog, on-line publication, website or business may be interested in, please let me know - I'm keen to write for you. Email me at

One thought on “Kookaburra sits

  1. It’s one of the few songs I remember from living down under….but then again we were kids together! Btw, love the new version, had me in stitches. lovely pic of the bird too.

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